Warner Bros.: Please make Tom Ruegger the showrunner of Animaniacs again!
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It has been announced that American SVOD (subscription video on demand) service Hulu has ordered two seasons of a series that shall serve as a continuation and/or reboot and/or revival of and/or a sequel to the second cartoon show that was produced by both Warner Bros. Animation and Amblin Entertainment during the "animation renaissance" that took place during the last two decades of the 20th Century, that show being the much-beloved "Animaniacs," and it has also been announced that original Animaniacs executive producer Steven Spielberg will also serve as an executive producer of this new "Animaniacs" series, and so will president of Warner Bros. Animation and Warner Digital Series Sam Register and the co-presidents of Amblin Television, Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey.
Other people involved in the production of this new “Animaniacs” series might include Hulu’s CEO, Mr. Randy Freer, and its SVP of content, Mr. Craig Erwich.
The first episode of this new "Animaniacs" has been said to be due to come on the air sometime in the year 2020, and so said show sure is still in its development stages.
However, a very sad fact has come to light: Many of the other people (besides Mr. Spielberg) who put together the original Animaniacs series, including and very far from limited to original creator and showrunner Tom Ruegger, will be absent from the creative team that will be putting together at the very least the first two seasons of the new “Animaniacs” show.
It would be a shame, as far as so many people are concerned, if this new "Animaniacs" series were to succeed in only appealing to little kids, preteens, and teenagers who were, at the very earliest, born in the year 2000, and therefore were to fail appeal to original fans of the original Animaniacs series who were born at the very latest in the 1990s, wouldn't it?
I, personally, would prefer said new Animaniacs series to appeal to kids and grown-ups of all ages everywhere - at least all those who are still alive - regardless of where they come from and regardless of when they were born.
During its original run from 1993 to 1998 (1993 to 1999 if you count the direct-to-video movie, "Wakko's Wish"), the original Animaniacs series and its characters came to be loved by so many people of different ages, and those people most certainly did include both kids and adults!
I, for one, sure do believe that the right way to at least start to create a revival, in animation, of the Animaniacs characters and franchise ought to involve Mr. Spielberg both serving as at least one executive producer once again and hiring at least some surely still-living former members of the production crews who worked on the original Animaniacs show and its direct-to-video movie, "Wakko's Wish," to be at least part of the production crew of said revival.
Those original Animaniacs production crew members who most certainly are still alive, aside from Mr. Spielberg, presumably do include and are not necessarily limited to original Animaniacs series creator and showrunner, Mr. Tom Ruegger; his sons, Nathan (Nate, for short), Luke and Cody Ruegger, who each lent their voices to characters in the original series; original series director, producer, storyboard artist and animator Rich Arons; original series writer and story editor Randy Rogel; original series writer, story editor and voice actor Paul Rugg; original series writer, voice actress, producer and supervising story editor Sherri Stoner; original series writer and voice actor John P. McCann; and (of course) voice actors Rob Paulsen, Jess Harnell, Tress MacNeille, Frank Welker, Jeff Bennett, Maurice LaMarche, Jack Burns, Gail Matthius, Chuck McCann, Billy West, Jim Cummings, Corey Burton, John Mariano, Chick Vennera, David Kaufman, Bernadette Peters, Nancy Cartwright, Julie Brown, Arte Johnson, Peter Scolari, Tom Bodett, Laura Mooney, and Valri Bromfield.
Other original Animaniacs production crew members who, I think, are still alive include director, storyboard artist, animation slugger and model designer Alfred Gimeno; writer Gordon Bressack; director and storyboard artist Charles Visser; writer and story editor Charles M. Howell IV; writer Nicholas Hollander; director, animator and model and prop designer Chris Brandt (a.k.a. Spike Brandt); and storyboard artist Tony Cervone.
Of course, if other (including though not necessarily limited to newer and fresher) writers, producers, directors, artists, editors, voice actors and other different kinds of necessary production crew members who have not yet had any experience working with characters that Mr. Ruegger has at least helped bring to life (like the Animaniacs characters) in the past must inevitably be hired to work on the new Animaniacs show, then that surely would be OK, as long as they bear those who brought the original Animaniacs franchise and its characters to life no ill will, wish to pay them (those who brought the original Animaniacs franchise and its characters to life) no disrespect, and do not mind if they (the aforementioned hypothetical new Animaniacs production crew members) were joined on their new Animaniacs production team by at least some of said people who put together the original Animaniacs show and franchise.
Voice director Kelly Ward most certainly could fit that category quite well, and he at least has experience working with Mr. Ruegger in the past, albeit at Disney rather than at Warner Bros., so far.
I personally sure do believe that the team of writers, producers, directors, artists, editors, voice actors and other necessary production crew members that will put together the upcoming new Animaniacs cartoon series should consist of both people who have a history in those fields involving the characters and stories from the original Animaniacs series and franchise as well as people who may be new to the entertainment industry, especially if at least a certain amount of people who fit the latter category, no matter how old or young they are, happen to be die-hard fans of the original Animaniacs franchise and its characters.
I most certainly also hope that I am far from the only person who believes all of the above statements to be true.
I myself, and hopefully many others, have believed for a long time (since at least 18 years ago) that even though the behavior displayed by the characters in the original Animaniacs series and its movie, "Wakko's Wish," may not be something that should be encouraged, there most certainly is something about said characters that people of all ages should still, even to this very day, find very appealing, interesting, remarkable, and special.
As such, I believe that it should be, for the sake of all current and future members of the Animaniacs franchise's possibly-still-growing fan-base, ensured that if the Animaniacs franchise is ever revived in any way, shape or form, the creation and production of that revival should be left in the hands of as many of the people who most certainly are, in as many ways possible, best for the job as there possibly can be, and I most certainly do feel that several of the people who at least helped bring the original Animaniacs characters and stories to life sure do fit that particular description very well, as do several die-hard Animaniacs fans who wish to offer their input and/or talents, especially those who were born in the 1980's and the 1990's.
Let's reach out to the people who most certainly will be helping Mr. Spielberg bring the Animaniacs characters back to life, especially Mr. Erwich, Mr. Falvey, Mr. Frank and Mr. Register, and show them how much we Animaniacs fans care about the Animaniacs franchise and how much we feel that the future of said franchise would best be left in the hands of a talented group that includes and does not limit to multiple people who worked on the original Animaniacs series as well as many people who grew up watching and loving said original series and its characters and wish to treat said characters with as much respect as they truly deserve!
Please help see to that.
On top of all of that, Animaniacs might not the only cartoon franchise at least partially owned by Warner Bros. that Mr. Tom Ruegger, many of the people that he has worked with in the past and several other veterans in cartoon animation should - alongside rookies and trainees in cartoon animation, especially Warner Bros. cartoon animation - work together to make new installments for, since there sure are multiple other cartoon franchises and series that sure are loved by people everywhere even to this very day, and those other cartoon franchises and series certainly do include and yet surely do not limit to the others that Mr. Ruegger has at least helped create and/or develop, like Tiny Toon Adventures (a.k.a. Tiny Toons), Pinky and the Brain, "Freakazoid!," "Histeria!" and Road Rovers, as well as Batman: The Animated Series, Osmosis Jones, The Lego Movie, Xiaolin Showdown and the many past, present and future cartoon TV series that star the Looney Tunes characters, such as The Looney Tunes Show, Baby Looney Tunes, Duck Dodgers, Taz-Mania, Wabbit - A Looney Tunes Production (a.k.a. New Looney Tunes), and the new "Looney Tunes Cartoons."
It would truly be a treat to the many fans of all ages that at least some of the characters from the aforementioned cartoon franchises and series have all around the world if many veterans in cartoon animation, especially including at least some of the ones who worked together to bring said cartoon franchises and series to life and/or breathe new life into them (like Mr. Tom Ruegger), were hired to work alongside people who are newer to the cartoon making business on brand new animated cartoon productions that star characters from those franchises and series, especially ones that star the Looney Tunes, Tiny Toons and Animaniacs characters, wouldn't it?
Said cartoon animation veterans may include and might not necessarily limit to the following cartoon artists, composers, creators, directors, editors, producers, voice actors and writers:
Tom Ruegger, Nathan "Nate" Ruegger, Cody Ruegger, Luke Ruegger, Sherri Stoner, Charles M. Howell IV, Gordon Bressack, Alan Burnett, Deanna Oliver, Rich Arons, John P. McCann, Nicholas Hollander, Art Leonardi, Art Vitello, Paul Dini, Glen Murakami, Bruce Timm, Paul Rugg, Gary Hartle, Charles Visser, Matthew O’Callaghan, Richard Pursel, Steve Bernstein, Julie Bernstein, Kelly Ward, Chris “Spike” Brandt, Tony Cervone, Tom Minton, Randy Rogel, Barry Caldwell, Alfred Gimeno, Eddie Fitzgerald, Dave Marshall, Audu Paden, Greg Reyna, Michael Gerard, Jon McClenahan, Scott O’Brien, Mike Disa, Jeff Siergey, Mark Banker, Ken Boyer, Byron Vaughns, Kent Butterworth, Tim Cahill, Julie McNally Cahill, Glen Kennedy, Peter Hastings, Liza-Ann Warren, Lenord Robinson, Christopher Keenan, Jeff DeGrandis, Liz Carrol, Susan Edmunson, Rob Humphrey, Evan Gore, Ron Myrick, Sander Schwartz, Victor Dal Chele, Scott Bern, Douglas McCarthy, Eric Nordberg, Joey Banaszkiewicz, Chris Otsuki, Chris Reccardi, Tony Craig, Gloria Jenkins, Kimberly Smith, Haven Alexander, Michael Hack, Andy Chiang, Eric Clark, Patricia Wong, Herb Moore, Susan Crossley, Stephen Lewis, Ryan Roberts, Nick DuBois, Lynne Naylor, Takashi Kawaguchi, James Tucker, Toshihiko Masuda, Darrel Bowen, Christy Hui, Steve Cuden, James T. Walker, Jay Bastian, Narina Sokolova, Norma Klinger, Edemer Santos, Keith Baxter, Henry Gilroy, Bill Kopp, Sindy McKay, Bruce Morris, Mark Zaslove, Chris Aguirre, Robert Alvarez, Kurt Anderson, Pat Devine, Skip Jones, Alex Mann, Fred Cline, Linda Miller, Tanya Moreau-Smith, Bill Perkins, Fergal Reilly, Deborah Abbott, Constance Allen, Claire Armstrong, Marc Arnull, Dino Athanassiou, Stephen Baker, Richard Baneham, Jim Battaglia, Kathy Baur-Brigstocke, Peter Paul Bautista, Harry Sabin, David S. Smith, Vladimir Spasojevic, Joe Suggs, Karl Toerge, Tim Watts, Mark Whiting, Bill Wray, Raymond Zibach, Brian Kindregan, Mercedes J. Sichon, Andrew Beall, Franck Bonay, David Boudreau, Neil Boyle, Bella Bremner, Anthony Cianciolo, Rudi Liden, Matt Craig, Erik Kuska, Dong-Young Lee, Sean Petrilak, Rachel Ramras, Seth Kearsley, Ethan Spaulding, Matt Danner, Swinton O. Scott III, Mauricio Pardo, Chris Headrick, Hugh Davidson, Steve Borst, Larry Dorf, Ben Falcone, Doug Langdale, Steve Mallory, Wade Wisinski, Collette Sunderman, Bianca Margiotta, Peter Girardi, Jim Cashman, John Mariano, Charlie Adler, Dee Bradley Baker, Tress MacNeille, Jason Marsden, Grey DeLisle-Griffin, Jessica DiCicco, Billy West, Jeff Bennett, and Danny Cooksey.
Bringing at least many of those people, multiple other veterans in cartoon making and several people newer to the cartoon business together for the creation of brand new Warner Bros. Animation cartoon productions, especially newer animated cartoon productions starring the Looney Tunes characters, the Baby Looney Tunes characters, the Tiny Toons characters, the Animaniacs characters, the "Freakazoid!" characters and the Xiaolin Showdown characters, sure as sugar would be a dream come true, wouldn't it?
Plus, Mr. Tom Ruegger actually created some of the characters from these Warner Bros. cartoon franchises, said franchises especially including Tiny Toons and Animaniacs.
Therefore, it will be downright unjust if he (Tom Ruegger), of all people, is always going to be left out of the making and production of any brand new animated cartoon productions that will star any and/or all of the aforementioned Warner Bros. cartoon characters, especially the Animaniacs characters.
If it wasn't for Tom Ruegger, at least some of said characters would not even exist, and that sure would be one of the many reasons why if anybody should eventually become involved in the making of brand new Warner Bros. cartoon production - especially animated ones - that will star any of those characters - especially the Animaniacs characters - in the future, he (Yeah, Tom) should.
Let's see if we can make that dream a reality... together!
Also, I most certainly do apologize if I've, in any way, shape or form, committed copyright infringement by setting up this petition.
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